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TeleMental Health: Practical Applications for Delivering Psychotherapy and Counseling via Telehealth

6 CE Credit Hours - Online Course - $59.00

Developed by Ofer Zur, Ph.D.

This course was produced in collaboration between Taylor & Francis, PLC and the Zur Institute, Inc.. The Zur Institute, Inc. maintains responsibility for this continuing education program and its content.

This course is offered as part of a TeleMental Health & Digital Ethics Certificate Program of 28 CE Credit Hours.

Course materials: text/webpage Articles

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General Course Description

Telehealth is here to stay, and growing fast. In addition to the legal and ethical issues, psychotherapists, supervisors, teachers and trainers should also know how to acquire a feel for using such components as websites, videoconferencing and smartphones with their clients.

This introductory course will teach some of the effective components of teletherapy as well as techniques for some specific disorders. The first article provides an overview of what psychotherapists, trainers, supervisors and professors should know about practicing teletherapy. The next section of 3 articles examines the applicability of teletherapy for emotional and experiential therapy, marriage and family therapy, and psychoanalysis.The final section of 3 articles presents some concrete ways to use teletherapy for PTSD, alcohol abuse, and clients with financial problems. Additional resources and references are provided for further study, but they are not part of the course.

Educational Objectives

This course will teach the participant to:

1.    Discuss specific skills to use with telepsychology.

2.    Discuss the barriers of using telepsychology with psychoanalysis.

3.    Apply telepsychology principles to experiential, emotional and creative psychotherapy.

4.    Describe a method of telepsychology for clients with financial-related disorders.

5.    Describe using smartphone technology with alcoholic clients.

6.    Discuss using telepsychology to treat PTSD.


Dulin, Patrick et al (2014). Results of a pilot test of a self-administered smartphone-based treatment system for alcohol use disorders: Usability and Early Outcomes. Substance Abuse 35 (2), 165-175.

Goodyear, Roger et. al (2016.) A global portrait of counselling psychologists' characteristics, perspectives, and professional behaviors. Counselling Psychology Quarterly 29 (2), 115-138.

Overholser, James C (2015). Training the scientist–practitioner in the twenty-first century: A risk–benefit analysis. Counselling Psychology Quarterly 28 (3), 220-234.

Course Syllabus

Training psychotherapists in telepsychology techniques

  • Competencies
  • Evaluation of training

Websites for MFTs

  • Elements of an ethical, legal and effective MFT website

Creative use of telepsychology therapy

  • Art and sculpting
  • Meditation and relaxation

Can telepsychology be used for psychoanalysis?

Treating specific disorders with telepsychology

  • Difficulties managing finances
  • Exposure therapy for treating trauma
  • Alcohol use and abuse
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